Best Places to Travel in the United States
If you've been trying to decide where to vacation this year within the United States, look no further. We have the best spots listed for you here.

Dan Taylor | Jul 18, 2018

If you've been trying to decide where to vacation this year within the United States, look no further. We have the best spots listed for you here. Take a week, a weekend or more if you like. You can also make numerous trips to be sure you get to take in all the sights.

7. Norfolk, Virginia

It's easy to write off this area because it has always been heavily dominated by the Navy and defense industry. But look what you'd be missing if you didn't take a trip here:

  • Benchtop Brewing, a craft beer entrepreneurship that just opened in 2016

  • Bearded Bird Brewing is a microbrewery cooperative and offers a big patio for beer sampling.

  • The Waterside District is being developed and will include

    • Starr Hill Taproom

    • Cogan's Pizza, opening in 2017

    • Other restaurants

  • The Main is another downtown hot spot that includes:

    • A seafood restaurant

    • Rooftop lounge

    • Hilton Hotel with 300 rooms

  • The Neon District is an artsy area and home to the Chrysler Museum of Art

6. Nashville, Tennessee

  • The Ryman Auditorium turns 125 years old in 2017 and has a full calendar

  • The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum turns 50

  • The Bluebird Caf celebrates 35 years

  • If you're a foodie, you'll be in hog heaven! Both the Westin and Thompson hotels recently opened and brought along several restaurants:

    • Maneet Chauhan's

    • The Mockingbird

    • Josh Besh's Marsh House

    • Henrietta Red (with Chef Julia Sullivan)

5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Debuting this year is the new Museum of the American Revolution and ripe with history as America's birthplace. You can relax sipping limoncello at the Sicilian social club, while double IPA drinkers enjoy their favorites on the same sidewalk seating area. Exceptional hotel brands have been flocking to the city so that you can pick your sport at Four Seasons, Study, or SLS. And the city has several activists supporting undocumented workers' rights, including the new mayor is making efforts to make Philly a sanctuary city.

4. Indianapolis, Indiana

You don't have to love the races to love Indy. Another hot spot for foodies, you'll enjoy an incredible brunch at Milktooth, fried chicken at the Crispy Bird. Crispy Bird comes to town via James Beard Award winner, Martha Hoover. The Owner's wife menu was built with the help of Jonathan Brooks from Milktooth. And Sun King Brewery just opened a 15,000 distillery in Carmel. Plus 21c, Ironworks, and home-goods brand West Elm, you will find nothing but yummy comfort in this location.

3. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

This is the place to be if you want an eagle's view of the total solar eclipse on August 21. The first one in nearly 40 years to be visible from the continental U.S. Jackson Hole offer spectacular scenery, endless vistas, and minimal light pollution, so the view should be perfect. And when you're not star gazing, you can hike the Grand Teton, explore Yellowstone and visit Jackson proper. Be sure to make a pit stop at Persephone Bakery for the best pastry you'll ever eat and grab a souvenir at Made where their crafts are all locally made.

2. Honolulu, Hawaii

In 2017 the capital city will celebrate its biennial, attracting artists from the local areas and the Pacific Rim. Be sure to visit Foster Botanical Gardens, Chinatown and City Hall, find your way to the Kaka'ako neighborhood, where you will find dozens of new Pow! Wow! murals on the walls of warehouses, construction sites, and burgeoning collectives-cum-galleries like Lana Lane Studios. The city is becoming a real hot spot for artists, and nearby Waikiki is attracting a new art centered Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club. The hotel offers murals from local artists from the restrooms to the bottom of the pool. You really can't go wrong with your visit to Honolulu.

1. Cincinnati, Ohio

Home of MLB's Reds, the Queen City's has been undergoing lots of changes, particularly in the Over the Rhine district. Former warehouses have been converted into apartments and office facilities. The city was first inhabited in the 19th century by German immigrants. Vine Street, offers fun, young brands like interiors shop Elm & Iron and when you're done shopping, have a seat at Holtman's Donuts for a cup of joe and a donut that will melt in your mouth. There is a new streetcar that connects downtown, Ziegler Park and the Ohio River that includes a deep-water pool. The historic Music Hall was recently renovated, and the inaugural Blink Cincinnati light and art festival will come around in October. Just a ten-minute drive across the state line into Covington, Kentucky you will find the beautiful Hotel Covington which replaced the former headquarters of Coppin's Department Store, and the original 1907 architecture serves its new purpose beautifully. A bar with 20-foot ceilings and a slanted floor originally intended to allow shoppers a view of the entire store, now presents a splendid view of the lobby and reception areas. Filmmakers are also drawn to Cincinnati, for its Art Deco buildings and tax incentives. And on the star watch, you may spot Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, and Ellen Page in hot spot eateries like Boca and Sotto and later checking into the art-filled 21C Museum Hotel. Who knew there was so much going on in the former WKRP in Cincinnati?

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